“There’s a trophy I can show you just down the road, mate,” Ange’s response to Victory in Europe question

Just when you thought you couldn’t like Ange Postecoglou more he bats back an inevitable question about theRangers Europa Cup run to the semi-finals with an outstanding answer evoking the Lisbon Lions achievement from 1967 as the only Scottish side to win the European Cup, Ange could have added that Celtic are the only side to play in the final of what is now the Champions League and we’ve done that not once but twice and he could also have listed the semi-final appearances which again are unique to Celtic amongst the Scottish clubs.

The 1970 European Cup final

The question asked was about theRangers going very deep in the Europa League and the hack just wondered what Ange has made of their run, stating that theRangers have demonstrated that there’s no reason that Scottish clubs can’t make their mark in Europe and asking the Celtic manager if it gives him a taste for next season of getting back involved and making his own mark?

“I think Scottish clubs, including this one, have made their mark in Europe before and I don’t think we’ve learned anything new this year,” Ange replied.

“(the)Rangers have done very well and Giovanni has done a great job in getting them to the semi-finals and I guess after last night they’re still in the tie and have an opportunity to get to a final, which is great.

“But I think if you want evidence of how well Scottish clubs can do in Europe, there’s a trophy I can show you just down the road, mate.”

The wee smile at the end…outstanding!

And here’s an interesting comparison between theRangers and Celtic in Europe this season…

Here is Ange Postecoglou’s full Media Conference from earlier today courtesy of Celtic TV…

And also speaking to Sky Sports who are broadcasting the Glasgow Derby on Sunday.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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